Leicester City's assault on the Premier League title is set to be boosted by the return of influential midfielder N'Golo Kante who is in contention to start the trip to Watford after recovering from a hamstring injury. After extending their lead at the top following the draw with West Bromwich Albion, this weekend represents a pivotal juncture in the title race as rivals Tottenham and Arsenal collide in the lunchtime kick-off at White Hart Lane.
The 24-year-old Kante missed the 2-2 draw with The Baggies the first top flight game he has missed this term, but has trained ahead of the game at Vicarage Road. The Mali-born holding player is in line to return to the first team to help the Foxes maintain their advantage at the top.
"N'Golo [Kanté] today (Friday) made all the training session which was good," manager Claudio Ranieri said, according to the official Leicester website. "Tomorrow I decide. He could play. Kasper [Schmeichel] is okay. They [Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez] show good attitude during the training sessions and they will start. If I see them a little tired, I will change. There are so many players that want to play and want to fight."
Though the title remains Leicester's primary ambition, another win would further cement their place in the top four as the club look destined to qualify for next season's Champions League. Earlier in the week reports emerged regarding a possible European Super League breakaway by England's top club with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United understood to have been involved in talks with Charlie Stillitano, chairman of American firm Relevant Sports, regarding the new continental competition.
Those reports have since been dismissed by the clubs but the meeting revels excluded Leicester who are three point ahead at the top of the table. Ranieri therefore has dismissed the notion of such a exclusive competition. This is sport, no? I understand they want to do something, but if something strange happens, they shouldn't blame the little teams, they should blame themselves," he added, according to Sky Sports.
"[Talk surrounding a Super League] is speculation. They are trying to do something, but I think people must think about what fans want, not only about money, because the culture and the fans are more important than other things. I think they wouldn't start [a Super League] next season, but then something could happen. Maybe next time [Relevent] will have to also call our sporting director!"